Complete Works

John KEATS

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Complete Works
Complete Works
Complete Works
Complete Works
Complete Works
Complete Works
Complete Works
Complete Works
Complete Works
Complete Works
Complete Works

EXQUISITELY BOUND AND ILLUSTRATED "ARTISTS' WATER COLOR AND HAND ILLUMINATED EDITION" OF THE COMPLETE WORKS OF JOHN KEATS, WITH BEAUTIFUL HAND-COLORED PLATES SIGNED BY THE ARTIST, ONE OF ONLY 26 LETTERED COPIES

KEATS, John. The Complete Works… Edited by Nathan Haskell Dole. London and Boston: Virtue and Company, (1904-05). Four volumes. Royal octavo, contemporary full blue morocco, ornately gilt-decorated borders and spines with red morocco floral-design inlays, raised bands, gilt-decorated morocco doublures with blue morocco inlaid, gilt-tooled, "JK" centerpieces, watered silk endpapers, all edges gilt. $9500.

Extraordinary, deluxe "Artists' Water Color and Hand Illuminated Edition," one of only 26 large-paper lettered copies (this copy unlettered), sumptuously bound and splendidly illustrated with tissue-guarded plates in three states, one of which is expertly hand-colored; all of the scenes are signed in pencil by the artist, Frank T. Merrill. Additionally illustrated with vividly hand-colored and illuminated initials, head- and tailpieces.

Includes Keats' complete works, edited by Nathan Haskell Dole, and based with some revisions upon the edition of H. Buxton-Forman. This beautiful edition was created to be the first "edition de luxe" of Keats' works, beautifully printed on fine paper with wide margins. "No expense has been spared to make this… in every respect perfect." Frank Thayer Merrill was a popular and prolific American illustrator whose designs adorned many books around the turn of the past century.

Occasional foxing (chiefly to tissue guards). A splendid set in fine condition.

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